Game on: Play your best
RIG Plantronics, $ 149.99
GAMES are immersive but there are good reasons to stay connected to the outside world, too. That’s the idea behind Plantronics’ new gaming headset, which connects to a games console or PC as well as a smartphone or tablet.
Users connect the stereo headset to a central console, which also plugs into a phone’s headphone jack and game machine’s USB drive.
Audio can then be mixed from each source, and users can take phone calls as they arrive by tapping a switch and talking into the removable mic or in- line control.
It’s not wireless, but this headset is supremely comfortable and offers quality sound from all sources. plantronics.com.au
LEAP MOTION Dick Smith, $ 129.95 ( main image)
IT’S almost impossible to review Leap Motion without mentioning Minority Report. This seemingly simple, 45g USB device plugs into any Mac or PC and lets you interact with the computer with hand gestures.
Two infra- red cameras track hands and fingers as they are waved over the device, with apps from its Airspace app store delivering motioncontrolled games, from racing to puzzles, as well as news, science and graphics apps.
It works efficiently, is easy to set up and is darned good fun to use.
It won’t replace a mouse for everyday tasks yet, but it’s getting closer. dicksmith.com.au
POCKET Moga, $ 59.95
MORE people are playing games on their phones, so why not create a traditional game controller for mobile use?
The Moga Pocket fits the bill, with a lightweight plastic construction, two joysticks, a four- button navigation pad, plus start and select keys. The unit is powered by two AAA batteries and connects by Bluetooth to any Android phone.
An extending, spring- loaded hook can keep even the largest handset in place, while players control games from Moga’s app store below.
The games could just be controlled on the phone screen, of course, but using this unit is undeniable retro fun. ebgames.com.au
SABERTOOTH Razer, $ 149.95
EVEN console gamers can be serious about their craft; serious enough to invest in a customisable controller such as the Sabertooth.
This Razer- made creation looks like a standard Xbox 360 controller but, up close, reveals important additions.
Users get an extra two buttons on its top edge, an extra two triggers lie beneath the controller ( which can be removed), and the whole unit can be customised with two profiles available and accessible with two buttons and a tiny screen at the base of the unit.
Sadly, the Sabertooth isn’t wireless, but it does offer a long, braided cable as compensation. razerzone.com
NAGA Razer, $ 119.95
YOUR mouse has just two buttons and a scrollwheel? How disappointing. This gaming mouse, the Naga, offers 16 buttons and a scrollwheel that delivers three selection options straight down, left and right.
For massively multi- player online game players, the extra buttons deliver handy customisations, with the 12- button number pad on its side offering quick shortcuts, and raised middle buttons allowing players to feel their way.
Its extreme tracking sensitivity, up to 8200dpi, is a major plus in games where milliseconds matter. Users need to install software and register customisations. razerzone.com